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Lost and Found

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  4,208 ratings  ·  736 reviews
High school/Adult. What do a suburban mom, her troubled daughter, divorced brothers, former child stars, born-again Christians, and young millionaires have in common? They have all been selected to compete on LOST AND FOUND, a daring new reality show.

In teams of two, they will race across the globe--from Egypt to England, from Japan to Sweden--to battle for a million-dolla
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published (first published 2006)
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Lisa Fischbach
I loved Parkhurst's The Dogs of Babel, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on Lost & Found. When I first received it, I had no idea what it was about, as I had wishlisted it even before it was published. Once I read the flap copy, I can't say I was in any hurry. I was hoping for something sensitive and subtle like Dogs of Babel, this was about people on a reality TV show similar to The Amazing Race. Nevertheless, I wanted to give the book to a friend so I reluctantly read it.

Needless to say,
The whole premise of this story was weird. The back made it sound like it was about a mother and her daughter overcoming some struggles and such and they go on a reality tv show together. Instead, each chapter is from a different contestant's viewpoint and we get all this backstory that doesn't really fit together at all. a LOT of homosexuality in it, too, which was just strange. And the whole reality game show thing was just a weird setting.
Feb 20, 2015 Ms.pegasus rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves great writing
Shelves: fiction
Carolyn Parkhurst builds on the reader's long-standing familiarity with Reality TV in this book. Whether that familiarity is based on the meltdown of the Loud Family on the 1971 PBS series or current iterations like “Survivor”, the reader will recognize the formula of relentless scrutiny and contrived stress. The game show in this book is called “Lost and Found.” Pairs of contestants compete with each other to decipher clues to locating random objects. It's a global scavenger hunt. With an ever ...more
Rebecca Coleman
Loved this book! I read Parkhurst's "The Nobodies Album" a few months ago and was completely dazzled by it, so I picked up her earlier two as well-- in spite of my very long "to be read" list. "Lost and Found" is about a group of people who go on a somewhat "Amazing Race"-like reality show; as contestants are eliminated, they are asked, "You've lost the game, but what have you found?" The most interesting characters (and Parkhurst knows it, which is why they do the greatest share of the storytel ...more
Carolyn Parkhurst's first novel, The Dogs of Babel, is one of my favorite books, so I was excited to see that she had written a second novel. Lost and Found is told from the perspective of multiple characters, all contestants in a reality show that takes them on a scavenger hunt around the world. As a long-time fan of "The Amazing Race," I was amused by the gentle send-up of the show; Parkhurst primarily uses this format, however, to explore the relationships between different characters dealing ...more
I just could do 50 pages. Still boring. Time is too precious for books I don't enjoy.
Marika Gillis
Aug 17, 2008 Marika Gillis rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marika by: Erin B
Shelves: fiction
Lost and Found is a novel about reality t.v. After her teenage daughter hides her pregnancy, Laura decides that spending time together as a team on the reality show, Lost and Found, is exactly what she and her daughter, Cassie, need to reconnect. They join many other teams from around the country and travel throughout the world, solving riddles and searching for items on the massive scavenger hunt.

The idea behind this book has a lot of potential and the characters on the reality show had great b
Oct 10, 2008 Ruby rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parkhurst fans, reality TV watchers
Shelves: fiction
When I picked this book I had forgotten that I'd read another of Parkhurst's novels, The Dogs of Babel. Truth is, I still can't remember much about that book, though I did hang on to the talking dog idea.

I picked it because I'm (sort of not) working on a novel about someone who goes on a reality TV show, so it was research. I expected little from it, so I was pleasantly surprised.

I found the story very compelling, just as you would a reality TV show you watched week after week. I wanted to retur
Picked this book up on a Target run one day, mainly intrigued by the premise of mother and daughter on a reality show, trying to restore their relationship after a trauma. Being a huge "Amazing Race" fan, I thought it would be an intriguing read. Sadly, it seems to be more of a "gotcha" novel with thinly veiled suspense. I also found the homosexual storylines disconcerting, too obvious and not all that well done... maybe gratuitous is the word. Don't know that I would recommend it. Not a bad boo ...more
Kelly Aley
I cannot recommend this book to anyone that I know. It not only deals with underage sex resulting in a baby that the mother didn't know about, but also struggles with sexuality. This author seems very facinated with female homosexuality. I didn't get past chapter 3 because there were just too many pages that I was skipping.
Apr 11, 2009 Laura rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. Skip it.
Recommended to Laura by: Suckered in at the airport by the idea of a reality tv plot
Couldn't stand it. Truly horrible and contrived and boring. Finishing this book was only slighly less revolting than finishing an 8 hour flight with nothing else to read. Had I been on land and within a 1 hour drive of an English-language bookstore, I would have tossed this book at Chapter 3 and found something worthwhile to read.
StangGirl Girl
don't waste your time, I've never thought of a book as superficial before, but this one right here? superficial all the way, not worth the time it took to read it. I won't be giving this author another chance
Emily G
The first novel I've ever heard of that uses a reality TV show as a framing device. Seriously, not bad though.
Iveta Marinopolska
I'm only two chapters in the book and I am already convinced the two main characters are stupid beyond my wildest expectations.

I'm just going to call them The Mother and The Daughter because I can't be bothered to remember their names.

So, The Mother. How the eff do you not notice your daughter is nine months pregnant?! Of course, she notices she started wearing baggy clothes and all that, but she just assumes The Daughter is just gaining weight and doesn't want to raise such a "sensitive" topic
The synopsis seems fascinating doesn’t it? Full of intrigue and game play and battle of the wits? Uh, I think I read the above book, yet the synopsis did not represent the book very well. Yes, it was centered on a reality show and the “backstage” view of the filming of a reality show was quite interesting. Yes, they did race across countries. The last sentence of the synopsis really makes me laugh – “but at what cost?” This book could have been so much more. It just was lukewarm to me. The conce ...more
Going into Lost and Found, I was expecting a much more scathingly humorous look at reality television. While there are some amusing antics in the sleazy-not!Amazing Race at the center of the novel, Parkhurst doesn't really introduce any manipulations that will shock anyone remotely familiar with reality shows. (We know it's fake, really.)

Instead it's a much lower-key read that concentrates instead in crafting some really nice character moments... isn't that the formula of reality television? The
David A
Oct 17, 2008 David A rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to David by: Actually, I found it at a library book sale and I'd read "The Do
This picks up in the middle of the third season of "Lost and Found", a reality show that combines "The Amazing Race" with a scavenger hunt. Each chapter's told from the point of view of a contestant (and one chapter, by the host) and details the various irritations, life stories, and hassles in carrying their found objects (by the start of the book, this includes a ski pole, a trilobite fossil, and an aviator's helmet, among other things) as well as finding out things about each other -- former ...more
Zach Miller
I picked this book because i thought it sounded interesting. I thought i was going to read about parets but it ended up being about a mother and daughter going on a tv show called lost and found becaus cassie (laura's daughter) is geting ready to go to colledge. Laura wants to spend much time before she goes to colledge so she hears about the show lost and found and that show travels around the world looking for selected stuff and the first thing to find was a paret. Later cassie dosen't like th ...more
Reality television continues to make its mark on the pop culture landscape, but even the most ardent fan can't deny the market has become saturated. Networks scramble endlessly for an original concept that they hope will have every member of every home in America tuning in, to later discuss with co-workers at the water cooler. Game show contestants eat vermin for cash, the lonely agree to marry strangers, and aspiring entertainers subject themselves to national ridicule. The question that perhap ...more
Nate's Bookgroup
Lost & Found by Carolyn Parkhurst (who wrote the amazing Dogs of Babel from 2003) is about a reality show a la The Amazing Race. In Parkhurst's realm, tv execs are relentless predators in pursuit of other people's emotional baggage, cameramen are easily ignored unless you have stopped at a Tokyo hotel to have sex with one, and your partner in the race easily becomes the target of your blame for the screwed up situations you're finding yourself in.

The pages in this book don't say something m
Karen Germain
I am a huge reality TV fan and completely unashamed to admit it. I loved the concept of this book, which revolves around contestants filming a show called "Lost and Found," which is very similar to The Amazing Race, with a few added twists.

First, about the logistics of the reality show. I wish that Parkhurst's idea was an actual reality show. I loved her twists within the show, especially the switching partners. I also liked how it was based in puzzles, rather than simply completing a task. I th
N W James
Lost & Found by Carolyn Parkhurst (who wrote the amazing Dogs of Babel from 2003) is about a reality show a la The Amazing Race. In Parkhurst's realm, tv execs are relentless predators in pursuit of other people's emotional baggage, cameramen are easily ignored unless you have stopped at a Tokyo hotel to have sex with one, and your partner in the race easily becomes the target of your blame for the screwed up situations you're finding yourself in.

The pages in this book don't say something m
This is a fun, cute book about contestants on an Amazing Race style world travel game/reality show. The stories were engaging and the pace was quick, and it was sweet without being hokey. There were enough clever twists to keep the narrative from getting stale, but not so many that the plot (which, seeing as it follows a reality show is already kind of a stretch) became convoluted. I couldn't help but root for all of the characters to find what they were looking for, and if the metaphor in the n ...more
worst book I've read in awhile. Follows contestants on a reality tv show - the four main pairs 1) child tv stars, 2) brothers - one who gave up a piece of his liver to save his child, 3) a mother daughter team - the daughter who gave birth at 17 in her bedroom with her mom not even knowing she was pregnant and then gave the baby up for adoption and she's a lesbian on top of it, AND 4) a husband and wife who are both ex-gays who found heterosexuality through their church.

This was an interesting idea for the story. Unfortunately, I don't think there was enough development of the stories for the main characters and we heard from too many of the supporting characters. It was an "ok" read; however, I had a hard time remembering who everyone was because there were so many. I had to refer to prior chapters to refresh my memory.
Lost and Found es un Reality Show, donde cierta cantidad de parejas compiten al rededor del mundo buscando objetos. Cada pareja fue elegida por algo en particular; Hay una pareja de "ex-gays" que afirman que Dios puede cambiar todo, hay otra de dos amigos que son famosos en la television y toda su vida han esta rodeados de camaras y también estan nuestras protagonistas, una madre e hija que no tienen una buena relación. Como cualquier reality show, Lost and Found se encargará de poco a poco saca ...more
This was fun, perfect for audio. It's hard to believe this comes from the same writer as The Dogs of Babel (probably due to the difference in subject matter, not the quality of writing).

ETA: Alex, this just doesn't strike me as the kind of book you would read on purpose. Maybe once you've read all of the books, come back to this one?
This book was just dumb. That's the best way to summarize it. The whole thing was shallow and simplistic, like a movie on the Hallmark or Lifetime channel. There's nothing deep going on here and this is the kind of book people are talking about when they say "light reading." I wanted to choose a book at the used book store that I'd never heard of and knew nothing about. That was a mistake.

A few things I'd like to point out:

- It's not just about a mother and daughter; the book changes point of vi
Talk about a sophomore slump ... nothing about this book made me fall back in love with Carolyn Parkhurst. How to follow up an absolute gem like Babel is beyond me, but after waiting months and months for this to hit stores, I was not satisfied. I sympathized with no character.
Lisa VanLare
I am not sure why I actually finished this book - it was just dribble. I am a fan of Amazing Race and thought this book sounded light and fun and along the A.Race premis, but the characters just fell flat and were way to predictable. Yuck.
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Carolyn Parkhurst is an American author who has published two books. Her first, the 2003 best-seller The Dogs of Babel, was a New York Times Notable Book. She followed that effort with Lost and Found in June 2006.

Parkhurst received her B.A. degree from Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from American University.

She currently resides in Washington, D.C.
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